To maybe distract some of your minds from our once again shitty performance yesterday, I will give you a review of my trip to enemy territory yesterday for the Ohio-Florida A&M game. I got offered a free ticket so I said I would go.
First off, the upper deck at the shoe is scary. Very steep. I was probably ten rows from the top but the view is pretty still pretty good. The seats are similar size to Michigan...I was basically sitting in the isle.
I feel like the shell they put around the stadium hides the original construction a lot, but it is a very impressive structure from the outside and inside.
This is what was quite different from Michigan and not for the better. They do have a few ads along the side of their scoreboards, but that wasn't extremely noticeable. What got me was that the game itself was brought to us by Lowes, the replay was sponsored by someone I can't remember, and Tim Hortons is the official coffee of Ohio State athletics. I will be furious if we ever take that route.
They also do a lot of animations that I thought were extremely lame for a program like them. When there was a holding penalty they showed a phone on hold. Just a lot of weird things like that.
I wasn't expecting much since it was Florida A&M. Basically the same thing as a noon game as Michigan Stadium: golf clap when something good happens and not really much noise when the other team is on defense (like they really needed to). I decided to wear my Michigan shirt under a fleece so I didn't get harassed or anything. One guy at a tailgate had a flag on his flagpole that had a block M with a screw through it. I thought that was...clever.
Pretty much all of Ohio Stadium was full besides a small section at the top of the endzone seats and student seats. Yes, even osu has these problems. They only have two very small sections in each endzone (total of about 2,500 seats) and they didn't even fill those.
Half time show and band:
As much as it pains me to say this, their band is quite good and much louder than ours. They did a tribute to The Beatles and formed BEATLES, a guitar, and the name of each member. Then after that the Ohio School for the blind marching band was honored and OSU's band did the script Ohio and the Ohio School for the blind also formed Ohio in braille form. When I like that I wish we would do is once they were done with script ohio the tuba players play the Buckeye Battle Cry (their fight song) and the rest of the band sings it and the crowd sings a long.
We ended up leaving with about 5 minutes left in the 3rd at that point it was 69-0. Oh yeah, shout out to Meyer for going for two on the second touchdown and failing. Ass.
Overall it was a pretty good experience. I'm sure it would be better to judge it for a big game, but not like I would spend my hard earned money for that, and I don't know if I'd ever want to go see Michigan there.
Feel free to share your experiences at the shoe if you've ever been there.